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Hamilton pleased to fight back

Lewis Hamilton says he is pleased with a front row start in Monte Carlo after struggling during practice ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton said he was pleased to rebound from a tough start to the weekend after securing a place on the front row of the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton had been unable to match the pace of his team-mate Nico Rosberg through practice but came good when it mattered to post the second quickest time behind the German in qualifying.

The former title winner will now hope to make the most of a front row slot to challenge for a third podium finish of the campaign although he said there was work to do before he would be totally comfortable in the car.

“Congratulations to Nico and the team today, a great job all round,” he said. “It's a big improvement for me after struggling in the practice sessions here so I'm really happy to be on the front row of the grid. I didn't have a great first sector on my lap today but after that it really came together.

“I've got some work to do as I haven't felt completely comfortable in the car this weekend but I'm confident that we can have a good race tomorrow and we'll be aiming to get the best possible result for the team.”

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said he was pleased with a second straight lock-out of the front row but insisted that it would count for little if the two drivers couldn't convert it into a strong race result.

“What a fantastic result and a brilliant performance from both drivers,” he said. “There was a lot to lose at the beginning of the session in the wet conditions and it was important to judge the right changeover point from intermediate to dry tyres. The team did a perfect job of keeping both drivers in the chase and they then delivered the rest out on track. Of course we are very pleased this afternoon but, at the risk of sounding like I am repeating myself, we know it's tomorrow that really counts.”




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prof-x - Unregistered

May 25, 2013 6:25 PM

I wonder if McLaren will score more points than Lewis by the end of the season? Lewis needs to hit the books this year, Nico's experience with Mercedes FRIC is probably making it much easier for him to get the setup squared away, need to dig deep this year, and catch up to speed in the setup department. Nico is exceptional at Monaco anyways so less than 1/10 of a second isn't too shabby, as long as the race pace is good to go. Lewis Hamilton FTW !!!



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